August 06, 2012 - Inventory results

Debordieu SCUTE

We had a good inventory tonight of the 6/12 natural nest 130 yds. south of Walkway #12 with a success of about 82%. There were some root issues because the nest was laid in vegetation but did well considering. Jan, Nonie and Mike dug out the nest contents while our 12 year old volunteer, Lizzie, did an excellent job speaking to a big crowd and answering a slew of questions! When the inventory yielded no live hatchlings, she was able to continue talking and captivated all with her knowledge (Photo Gallery 7).

Inventory Wednesday: It was omitted from the update today that we will inventory the 6/1 natural nest 152 yds. north of #10 mm on Wed. at 6 p.m. (North end between DeBordieu & Prince George).


August 06, 2012 - Inventory tonight!

Debordieu SCUTE

North: Denny and Jackie did the inventory this morning of the 6/1 relocated nest 10 yds. south of #13 mm at Prince George. The success was 96%, our best percentage yet and this was Jackie's first relocated nest! There was one live hatchling (photo) that safely made it to the ocean thanks to Frankie's crowd control. There was no other activity.

Hobcaw: Martha and Jane reported the hatch of the 6/14 relocated nest (53 days) 72 yds. south #12 mm with 35+ tracks counted!
They did the inventories on these nests:
6/5 natural   65 yds. south #13 mm   88% (2 live hatchlings)
6/9 natural   25 yds. north #16 mm    83% (1 live hatchling)

Inventory tonight: 6/12 natural nest 130 yds. south of #12 Walkway in Ocean Green at 6 p.m.

DeBordieu 34   Hobcaw 37   SCUTE 157   SC 4308


August 05, 2012 - Inventory results

Debordieu SCUTE

We had a huge crowd tonight at the inventory of the 5/31 natural nest 200 yds. south of Walkway #12 in Ocean Green which tells us people are going to our website! Paula and Kathi dug through the very dense, compacted sand as Bill spoke. When it looked like there would be no hatchlings, Kathi miraculously brought out a very healthy, active turtle and the crowd went wild! Martha passed the bucket and everyone got to see and photograph the star. It was a cooperative group as the turtle made its way down the runway to the ocean. The hatch success was about 60% probably due to the dense sand and washovers. See more photos in Photo Gallery 7.

Next inventory: 6/12 natural nest 130 yds. south of Walkway #12 in Ocean Green Monday at 6 p.m.


 


August 05, 2012 - 2 nests, hatches, inventories tonight & Monday!

Debordieu SCUTE

There was nesting and hatching activity on both ends of the beach this morning. We are currently at a total of 71 nests and within 4 of tying our best ever season of 75 nests (1995)!

North: Cindy had a natural nest 44 yds. south #15 mm which seems to be the return of a large turtle that likes that area (Photo Gallery 7)

She also reported the hatch of the 6/1 natural nest (65 days) 152 yds. north #10 mm counting 35+ tracks (Photo Gallery 7). We will inventory this nest Wed. at 6 p.m.

Hobcaw: Derenda relocated a nest of 103 eggs to 23 yds. south of #8 mm (photo).
She did the inventory of the 5/27 natural nest 57 yds. south of #7 mm which was very deep and had a success of about 75%.
The 6/11 natural nest (55 days) 47 yds. north #10 mm hatched with 39 tracks counted.

Inventories (Ocean Green):
5/31 natural   200 yds. south Walkway #12   Sun. at 6 p.m.
6/12 natural   130 yds. south Walkway #12   Mon. at 6 p.m.

DeBordieu 34   Hobcaw 37   SCUTE 157   SC 4303


August 04, 2012 - Inventories Sun. & Mon.!

Debordieu SCUTE

Inventories in Ocean Green:
5/31 natural   200 yds. south Walkway #12    Sun. at 6 p.m.
6/12 natural   130 yds. south Walkway #12    Mon. at 6 p.m.

Double take: A two-headed loggerhead turtle was found during a nest inventory 7/31 on Jupiter Island, FL (photo)
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/twice-nice-rare-two-headed-sea-turtle-hatchling-fo/nP9sJ/
While this is rare, there have been a few seen during SC inventories as with this one at a Dewees Island inventory in '08 (Photo Gallery 7).

DeBordieu 33   Hobcaw 36   SCUTE 155   SC 4290


August 03, 2012 - Nest, false crawl & 2 inventories!

Whew...the lull is over! We have a surge of activity both nesting and hatching.

Hobcaw: Bill had this report:
False crawl   43 yds. south #1 mm
Nest! natural 9 yds. north #2 mm (same turtle as false crawl)

6/12 natural (52 days)   130 yds. south Walkway #12 
We will inventory this nest Mon. at 6 p.m.

5/31 natural (63 days)   200 yds. south Walkway #12
We will inventory this nest Sun. at 6 p.m.

Greens: The Garden City green sea turtle returned last night for her 3rd nest crawling right over one of her previous nests...a very site specific turtle! The green that had false crawls on DeBordieu, Hobcaw and nested on North Island is due back next week.

DeBordieu 33   Hobcaw 36   SCUTE 153   SC 4266


August 02, 2012 - Quiet morning

There were no new nests and no major hatches of nests reported this morning. Some nests are showing activity but there are currently no inventories scheduled. There will likely be one more surge of nesting before it is over for the season but plenty of inventories!

DeBordieu 33   Hobcaw 35   SCUTE 151   SC 4240


August 01, 2012 - No activity

We are in a short lull with no new nests this morning and no nests hatching.

DeBordieu 33   Hobcaw 35   SCUTE 150   SC 4204


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